CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ --
Halloween themed e-mails are being used to disguise online scams, often with the promise of fun, free and "too good to be true" offers of gifts and other spooky goodies. To date, Norton has witnessed e-mails advertising jackpots, sweepstakes, gift cards, e-cards, personalized gifts, online contests, and even free print products and costumes.
As if ghosts, goblins and ghouls weren't scary enough, cyber criminals know that with Halloween coming up, people are looking for last minute tips to make that night extra special. By playing on people's natural curiosity, these scammers are able to trick people into clicking on spam, giving up access to their computers and allowing them to steal their personal information.
Below are some of the subject lines being used in the latest spam messages:
Norton expects these types of scams to increase in the next week as Halloween approaches.
Norton experts are on-hand to share tips with users on how they can protect themselves from these and other online horrors, including:
Go to our blog (http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/don-t-let-halloween-haunt-you) for more information and to see examples of Halloween scams/spam
Check out our "Guides to Scary Internet Stuff" - which present the horrors of online threats in easily-digestible, fun-to-watch videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/SymantecEduc
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